Absolutely shocked. Lawrence Taylor. Some of you remember him as one of the best NFL defensive players of all time. Others will remember him as a big teddy bear, who waltzed his way into our hearts on Dancing With the Stars. We pray, that all of you wont remember him for the recent media allegations splashing across the front page. To put this in simple terms, we cross our fingers, and hold our breath, that what you are about to read, isn't true.
Lawrence Taylor was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999. One of the best linebackers to ever play the game of football, Taylor both rocked and dominated the league for twelve years, starring as a New York Giants
He's known to NFL fan's simply as, L.T.
For decades, Sunday afternoons in the fall belonged to him. His past? Definitely rocky. L.T's NFL day's were plagued with reports of narcotic addiction. He was sent to a drug facilitation center twice during his NFL career. The league put him for thirty-day suspension upon failing drug tests. In his autobiography, Taylor later admitted to heavy cocaine use, even saying he spent thousands of dollars a day in narcotics.
Upon his retirement from the league, Lawrence Taylor seeked to clean up his image, and he entered the a new competition of sorts. Celebrity Ballroom Dancing. Lawrence Taylor was paired up with, glam-dancer, Edyta Slewinska, and debuted to America, his softer side.
Thursday morning, however, America woke up to a very disturbing story, splashed across media sites throughout the sports and entertainment world. Lawrence Taylor, 51, was arrested in New York City Thursday morning for impending rape charges. The allegations are that he raped a sixteen year old girl at the Holidome Hotel in Montebello, New York. The young girl was also allegedly beaten. If all proves true, Lawrence Taylor will be charged with third-degree rape, which involves intercourse with a minor.
There is another side to the story, perhaps. Reports that the alleged victim was inside a bar, and told Lawrence she was twenty-one. A conflicting report says the victim was taken to the hotel by a pimp, and that she was a run away.
There's nothing more disturbing then an underage rape allegation. Lawrence Taylor is diligent about cleaning up his image, especially considering he's an NFL Hall of Fame inductee. We hope for his sake, the sake of the NFL, and Giants fans throughout the country, the horror that's encrusted into the words written above, aren't true. A look at Lawrence Taylor's past and professional life.
Birthday: February 4, 1959 (51 years old)
Hometown: Williamsburg, Virginia
College: North Carolina
Drafted: 1981, round one, pick 2, New York Giants
Years in the NFL: 1981-1993
Position: Linebacker Jersey Number: 56
NFL Career Stats: Tackles: 1,088, Sacks: 142, Interceptions: 9
NFL Career: Ten time Pro Bowl, Nine time First Team All-Pro selection, NFL MVP 1986, Two time Super Bowl Champion, Retired #56 Jersey Number, NFL Hall of Fame Inductee
We will continue to keep you updated on this story as it unfolds.